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Bak Kwa – How to make (easy method with oven)

Bak kwa 肉干 is the Chinese version of pork jerky, made by thinly sliced or minced pork, seasoned with soy sauce and sugar, and grilled over charcoal with open fire. Bak kwa, as pronounced in Hokkien, is my favorite snack, especially during Chinese New Year.  The idea of making bak kwa leads me to an extensive …

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How to make Youtiao (油条) – a comprehensive guide

Youtiao (油条) is a hugely popular Chinese street food, a deep-fried breadstick crispy outside with a spongy interior. It is commonly served with soybean milk or porridge and has a universal appeal to everyone regardless of race and origin. Youtiao is sold everywhere down the street, wherever there is a large Chinese population. If you …

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Castella Cake – How to make (with detailed instruction)

Castella (Kasutera カステラ) catches my attention when I realize that it is a cake made with bread flour.  So is it a cake or bread?  The Portuguese merchants introduced castella to Japan in the 16th century. It is derived from a Portuguese recipe Pão de Ló. Since it is also called Pão de Castela, meaning …

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Scallion Pancake Recipe – How to make it crispy and fluffy

Chinese scallion pancake (Cong You Bing, 葱油饼) is not like any other pancake familiar to most of the people. It has a crusty and crispy surface, with scallions sandwiched between layers of pastry inside. It is a refreshing, delightful, and easy to make flatbread. These pancakes are savory and are most suitable as snacks in …

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Sausage rolls (Hong Kong style) – How to make it at home

Hong Kong style sausage rolls (also called hot dog rolls, hot dog buns) is a hybrid of hot dog bun and the western sausage rolls wrapped in puff pastry. It is the inevitable outcome of the western cultural assimilation into the local culinary, which emerged as a new variant as a soft bun with sausage …

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Nian gao 年糕 – How to make (the quick and easy way)

Nian gao (also known as kuih bakul/tikoy) is the must-have delicacy for Chinese New Year. Why? Because the character nian gao in Chinese is 年糕 is the homonym of the other two words 年高, which means ‘a prosperous new year.’ Hence, nian gao is most appropriate to serve during this auspicious festival.  However, making nian …

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Pineapple tart – How to make this Chinese New Year delicacy

I have just made the Pineapple tart for the forthcoming Chinese New Year. This pineapple tart (黄梨挞, 黄梨酥)  is intertwined with flavor and texture  The crust is so crumbly you can hear it break under your fork (handle with care!) and the filling is the result of condensing the pineapple to a dense jam with …

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Japanese sponge cake – How to make the most cottony and bouncy cake

Finally, I am getting everything right on how to make the Japanese sponge cake after many attempts. The cake is bouncy like a sponge, with the soft and delicate texture resemble cotton when you tear it apart. I also add the cake batter to the dough of the chocolate Japanese milk bread. Here is the …

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Whole wheat bread – How to make it soft, fluffy (Asian method)

The biggest challenge of making whole wheat bread is to get the soft, and fluffy texture with good volume. In this article, I want to share with you how do we make our whole wheat loaf in our cafe, by using the TangZhong method similar for the Japanese milk buns, one the most fluffy and …

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